Michael Bridges backs Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic to be a success at St James' Park

The 21-year-old has scored just three Premier League goals for the Magpies.

Former Sunderland striker Michael Bridges has backed Aleksandar Mitrovic to be a success with Newcastle United, despite the Serbian's mixed start to life at St James' Park, the Newcastle Chronicle reports.

The 21-year-old moved to the Premier League in the summer for £13m (via Newcastle Chronicle), but has so far failed to justify the size of the fee, having become more synonymous for poor discipline than goalscoring. But Bridges believes that if the Magpies stick by their striker, they will be rewarded.

"I honestly can see Mitrovic as an outstanding centre-forward," he explained, as reported by the Chronicle.

"He's only 21 which is young to be saddled with scoring the bulk of your club's goals in the Premier League but if he is persevered with he will come good."

As mentioned, Mitrovic earned himself a negative reputation during his first few appearances for the club, earning two very quick yellow cards in his first two games, before being sent off for a nasty tackle during a defeat to Arsenal back in August.

And with Newcastle spending much of the season around the relegation zone, Steve McClaren may have questioned whether he could trust his striker to get his act together. However, having been given the chance to win the fans over, Mitrovic has started to show glimpses of the player that the club hoped they were signing when they parted with £13m.

He has three goals in the league this term, but will be hoping for many more to secure Newcastle's survival. 

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